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Governors turn to budgets to guard against climate change

Jan. 15, 2022 11:37 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of the windfall on projects aimed at slowing climate change and guarding against its consequences, from floods and wildfires to dirty air. Democratic...

New Mexico governor hears from mayors about spending needs

Jan. 14, 2022 15:12 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With billions of federal dollars heading to New Mexico for infrastructure projects, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Friday that rural areas can’t be left behind. The governor made the comment during a virtual summit attended by more than 200 municipal...

New Mexico lawmakers seek greater spending, voter access

Jan. 14, 2022 13:09 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Critical decisions on government spending, voting access, public education and criminal justice await New Mexico legislators for their upcoming 30-day legislative session that starts on Tuesday. New Mexico's state government has a multibillion-dollar general...

Guard may help staffing shortages at New Mexico schools

Jan. 13, 2022 18:10 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s governor said Thursday she’s considering seeking help from the National Guard to address COVID-19 staffing shortages at public schools, a move that could mark a first in the nation. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the additional help would...

New Mexico leaders aim to put wedge in revolving crime door

Jan. 13, 2022 18:04 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is aiming to put a wedge in the revolving door that many have blamed for persistent violent crime and record homicides in the state’s largest city. The Democratic governor joined other elected leaders in Albuquerque...

Albuquerque police respond to 3 killings in 10-hour span

Jan. 13, 2022 10:06 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Amid growing concern about violent crime in New Mexico's most populous city, Albuquerque police say detectives responded to three different shooting scenes in a 10-hour span to launch homicide investigations. Police said the first homicide victim was a man...

Governor polls local mayors on infrastructure priorities

Jan. 12, 2022 18:07 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Democratic governor is polling local politicians on their infrastructure priorities as the state decides how to dispense federal pandemic relief money and spend from a multibillion-dollar budget surplus. Breaking with past routines, Gov. Michelle...

Another Game Commission member gone amid stream access fight

Jan. 12, 2022 17:16 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has dismissed another member of a state panel that oversees wildlife conservation and hunting and fishing regulations as a dispute percolates over public access to streams and rivers that flow through private property. ...

New Mexico education officials miss transparency deadline

Jan. 11, 2022 19:10 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An initiative aimed at providing greater accountability for public spending on education missed its inaugural deadline. The New Mexico Public Education Department acknowledged Tuesday that it missed a year-end deadline to launch a website to provide details...

Albuquerque's proposed vaccine mandate sparks debate

Jan. 11, 2022 15:19 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The mayor of New Mexico’s largest city is telling thousands of municipal workers to prepare for a vaccine mandate in the coming weeks, but union leaders who represent Albuquerque police officers, firefighters and other employees say not so fast. They say...